Youth group’s vision for South Shields estate

OWN VIEWS ... teenagers from Horsley Hill youth group have their say on the future of their estate at Shields Town Hall.
OWN VIEWS ... teenagers from Horsley Hill youth group have their say on the future of their estate at Shields Town Hall.

THE future of a South Tyneside estate was put into the hands of young people.

Members of Horsley Hill youth group were invited to South Shields Town Hall to tell what they would like to see happen in the area where they live.

It was a really good exercise for the young people to be involved in, as it gave them an opportunity to put their views across on how they see their estate, the issues they encounter and what they think is good about where they live.

Geordie Pearce, youth worker

They were also asked for their views on youth disorder.

The event was organised by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, and saw 27 young people from the estate write down what they think is good, and what is bad about the area.

A presentation was also given by the older members of the group highlighting the work they have done in the community, and what being part of the group means to them.

Senior youth worker Geordie Pearce, said: “It was a really good exercise for the young people to be involved in, as it gave them an opportunity to put their views across on how they see their estate, the issues they encounter and what they think is good about where they live.

“They were also given the chance to highlight the work they have done in the community.”

The young people now hope the issues they have raised will be taken on board by the council.

Coun Cunningham said: “I was very impressed by the youth group’s presentation.

“The young people showed tremendous enthusiasm for the community work they have done, and the debate sparked some interesting ideas around new approaches to combat anti-social behaviour,

“It is clear that the young people are keen to channel their energies in positive ways.

“They are to be commended for engaging in this project and helping professionals understand their needs.”

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